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London Revamps Greenwich Power Station

Karen Henry

The mayor of London announced that London’s historic Greenwich Power Station will soon be much more energy efficient. Up to six new gas engines will be installed in the building’s Old Turbine Hall, originally the electricity generator for London’s trams, making London’s Tube network more self-reliant and limit the risk of rising energy prices. The waste heat   …Continue Reading


Veolia Wins District Energy Contract

Linda Hardesty

Lend Lease has awarded Veolia a long term contract to operate and maintain a district energy system at Barangaroo South, an urban renewal project on the waterfront in Sydney, Australia. The system will be designed and built by Lend Lease. The Veolia contract will involve the operation and maintenance of the 62 MW district cooling   …Continue Reading


Hurst Boiler Central to Biomass District Energy Project

Linda Hardesty

Sullivan County, NH, purchased a Hurst biomass boiler district heating system with a backpressure steam turbine/generator. The Hurst system is serving the county’s 166-bed nursing home and 168-bed prison complex as well as two smaller onsite buildings in Unity, NH. The biomass combined heat and power (CHP) district energy system constructed in Unity is almost entirely   …Continue Reading


Microgrid Built in a Day for VERGE San Francisco

Karen Henry

GreenBiz Group’s VERGE San Francisco’s conference and exhibition was powered by a renewable-energy-fueled microgrid that was built in a single day at the city’s historic Palace Hotel. The installation was part of a demonstration of  distributed energy systems. According to an article on the GreenBiz website, the microgrid included a 100 kW biodiesel backup generator   …Continue Reading


Chiller Plant Upgrade Saves $500,000 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

Pepco Energy Services hired Tustin Energy Solutions to improve the operation of its Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) in Atlantic City, NJ. Tustin’s services resulted in a nearly 25 percent improvement in operating efficiencies and a savings of over $500,000 annually in energy and operation costs. Pepco’s chiller plant operates 24 hours a day, 365   …Continue Reading


Rutgers Saves $1M in 2 Years with Energy Monitoring

Linda Hardesty

A program of continuous energy oversight for the chiller plant, boiler and cogeneration plant at the Newark Campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has resulted in $1,155,000 in savings in its first two years of operation. The RBHS facility is a district energy plant that provides utilities to Rutgers RBHS and University Hospital   …Continue Reading


Connecticut Invests $5M for More Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Connecticut is building new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford to keep critical buildings and facilities powered even when the grid goes down. Through the second round of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program, the projects have been awarded a total of $5.1 million. In Bridgeport, the funding will ensure   …Continue Reading


District Energy System Deals with Suspended Solids

Linda Hardesty

A district energy system in New Orleans provides services to the New Orleans Regional Medical Center (NORMC) and other clients. The facility provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks. In 2009, Hurricane Katrina’s flooding led   …Continue Reading


Countries Commit to Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

At the UN Climate Summit, a new Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform was launched under the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. One of the initiative’s primary goals is doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The Platform includes five energy efficiency sector initiatives: vehicles, lighting, appliances, buildings and district energy systems.   …Continue Reading


Amazon Advances District Heating in Seattle

Linda Hardesty

Amazon is making plans to heat some of its buildings in downtown Seattle with waste heat generated from data centers in the nearby Westin Building, according to Geek Wire. An underground system of pipes will transfer waste heat via water from the data centers to the Amazon buildings; once the water has cooled down, it   …Continue Reading